Definition of packhorse in English:



  • A horse used to carry loads.

    ‘the ore had to be transported by packhorse’
    as modifier ‘an old packhorse bridge’
    • ‘Eight geldings, three packhorses and a litter with its team of six litter horses, that had been brought up to Berwick from Whitehall, had already been sent into Scotland to help transport this party on the first leg of its journey.’
    • ‘The knights all sat impatiently on their mounts, while several grooms loaded some packhorses with a month's worth of supplies, food, blankets, and clothing.’
    • ‘Most of the courtiers and other members of the entourage rode, while baggage and other goods were carried on packhorses.’
    • ‘The smallest barge had a capacity vastly greater than the sturdiest packhorse.’
    • ‘The Maythorn Cross was a boundary marker at the crossroads of a ‘salt trail’ between Cheshire and Wakefield, where drovers ferried salt in panniers by packhorse.’
    • ‘Mullan reported that they had several hundred horses with them, many of which were packhorses and ‘most of them were loaded with heavy bales of dried meat and furs.’’
    • ‘Ships had to discharge their cargoes at congested anchorages either into horse drawn lighters or onto packhorses for the journey to the industrial centre.’
    • ‘In the foreground a packhorse, loaded with merchandize, is driven towards an inn (with welcoming hostess); a network of inns across the country was important for commerce.’
    • ‘I have supplies and a packhorse hidden near the hill that lies a mile north of the city.’
    • ‘In the late Middle Ages, there was a toll for crossing the bridge of 1d. per cart or packhorse carrying merchandize.’
    • ‘Before the Kingston / Queenstown road was built goods were taken by steamer or by packhorse from the railhead at Kingston, and this track follows part of the old pack track.’
    • ‘The original buildings at Tarn House date back to 1685 when the property, with its tarn, was an important centre for stabling, watering and trading in packhorses.’
    • ‘It was clear that the packhorses ' loads were getting lighter, and to the travellers, it indicated that they were nearing the end of the journey.’
    • ‘A one-horse cart could carry much more than a packhorse but travelled more slowly.’
    • ‘The green lanes used by off-roaders are hundreds of years old, and were intended for horses and carts, pedestrians, packhorses, cattle and sheep.’
    • ‘Everything had to be carried there by packhorses - even chaff to feed the horses.’
    • ‘He licked his lips and urged his horse into a trot; the packhorse followed at the end of its lead.’
    • ‘I started tightening saddles and untying the biggest camp items from the packhorse.’
    • ‘But perhaps they would be lucky, and the supplies and the packhorse would be in the middle of all the juniper trees up at the top of the hill.’
    • ‘Unless you were monstrously tall, you could see nothing in front of you except for the back of someone's head or by chance, the flanks of a donkey or packhorse carrying goods.’